Something that is poised to descend on employers as of April 1 (this is no April Fools joke) is the Domestic Violence-Victims Protection Bill. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12095175
Green MP Jan Logie first introduced the bill in question to parliament in 2016 and it has been passed by parliament and is expected to take effect on
1 April 2019.
While well-intentioned, this bill, which allows for up to ten days paid leave for domestic violence victims falls squarely on the heavily loaded shoulders of employers to fund.
Green MP Golriz Ghahraman told parliament that "this bill says we will all share in the cost of supporting survivors and their families, allowing survivors to stay in the workforce whilst getting a little space and time to leave, regroup".
I can agree with the sentiment but it is blatantly wrong to say that we are all sharing in the cost of this new policy. We "all" are not sharing the cost.
We would all be sharing the cost if the government picked up the tab.
Surely if the Government really believe in this bill then they should fund it.
There are 528,170 employers (2017) in NZ out of a population of 4,793,700 (2017), which at best makes us 11% of the population.
I say at best as government stats tell us that 70% of employers employ no staff.
So if you follow the above, some 30% of that 11% (some 158,451) of the population of NZ are about to pay for what is surely a state responsibility.
Instead the cost is to be passed on to all employers who will be required to have policies in place for dealing with the effects of domestic violence on employees.
I do wish the Greens would focus on the big picture of saving our planet.
However, growing plants has to be a good start in doing something to save our planet, so for the sake of us all keep up the good work.
All the very best for a prosperous and healthy 2019.
Malcolm and the Lyndale Team